Cultural Services

Organising Events on a Shoestring

Organising Events on a Shoestring workshop provides an A-Z of organising professional events with little or no budget. Libraries, Museums and Galleries have to rely on organising events as a way of promoting services and increasingly more as a way of income generation. With the ever increasing pressures on budgets, events have to be organised on very small budgets. In this workshop you will learn from event professionals how to organise and promote your events, the pitfalls to avoid and leave with lots of new ideas and practical tips.

    Content Overview

    • Defining the purpose of the event

    • Idea generation - sharing of ideas for types of events and discussion of where to find inspiration for the type of events which will be popular within your community

    • Selecting your "team"

    • A checklist for planning your events - time to discuss and reflect upon everything which needs to be included in your event plan

    • Budgeting for an event - what needs to be included and creative alternatives when there is no budget

    • Raising funds - tips and ideas for where funds may be sought and found

    • Health & Safety (H&S) - risk assessments, important H&S considerations when other organisations are involved in the event, H&S for large scale events. The do's and don'ts

    • Successful marketing of events - discussion of where to market including social media, low cost advertising, leaflets and posters, word of mouth etc what works and what doesn't. How to select the appropriate form of marketing

    • On the day preparation - development of a checklist to ensure nothing gets overlooked on the day of your event

    • Managing the event - doors opening to doors closing, discussion of the responsibilities and duties of the events team

    • Debriefing and evaluating an event


    Organising Events on a Shoestring is delivered in one-day.


    • Learn from professional event organisers who have over 20 years experience of running, organising and marketing events both large and small

    • Develop your own checklists to help organise, market and run your own events

    • Gain new ideas for events

    • Leave with practical tips and tools for organising successful events

    • Know what to do when things go wrong

    Who should attend?

    Library, Museum and Gallery staff or volunteers who are responsible for organising events no matter how large or small

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